In this talk, Winnipeg-based inter-media artist Leah Decter reflected on developments in her practice over the past decade with a particular view to exploring intersections of craft and other media as conceptual elements in her work. The intertwining of social justice issues, socially engaged practices, craft processes and digital media gives Decter’s work a truly unique voice. For more information, see Decter’s bio below:
Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Leah Decter is an inter-media artist whose work integrates digital media, textiles, performance and dialogic/engaged practices. Her work is rooted in the spaces where material conditions and lived experience intersect with social and political issues. Ongoing investigations focus on relationships between place, identity and dis/location drawing on and critically examining both personal and historical narratives.
Decter holds an MFA in New Media from Berlin-based Transart Institute. She has exhibited widely in Canada including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Grunt Gallery, Aceart, Trinity Square Video, Platform Center for Digital and Photographic Arts, and the Dunlop Art Gallery, and internationally in the US, UK, Australia and Europe. Video screenings of her work include the Images Festival in Toronto, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Not Festival in Brooklyn NY and Malta Contemporary Art in Marsa Malta. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and is held in the collection of theWinnipeg Art Gallery as well as private collections in Canada, US and UK. Decter’s engaged practices have included large-scale collaborative public art and intervention projects in Vancouver, Toronto and Winnipeg.
This event was presented by the Manitoba Craft Council, aceartinc. and Urban Shaman Gallery of Contemporary Aboriginal Art.
Image: Leah Decter, (official denial) trade value in progress. 2010 – ongoing